Info fairs allow schools to highlight curriculum offerings

Schools to host individual “choice” fairs
Posted on 01/18/2018
Montesorri Class

Thursday, January 18, 2018 

Regional school choice fairs conclude; parents head to individual school events

BEAUFORT – Following two regional school choice information fairs in the northern and southern portions of the county, individual schools will now begin holding their own events to provide more details on their curriculum offerings.

All district schools are “choice” schools, meaning that students whose applications are accepted can attend schools outside their zoned attendance areas.  More than 2,000 children are doing that for the current school year.

Curriculum options approved by the Board of Education include such instructional choices as Montessori, International Baccalaureate, arts infused, Classical Studies, dual language, early college, leadership programs and advanced math and science.

Here is a list of schools that have scheduled individual information fairs:

  • Battery Creek High:  Feb. 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Beaufort Elementary:  Jan. 18, Montessori 5:30-6:15 p.m. and AMES 6:15-7 p.m.; Jan. 19, AMES 8:30-9:15 a.m. and Montessori 10-10:45 a.m.; Feb. 6, AMES 8:30-9:15 a.m. and Montessori 9:30-10:15 a.m.
  • Beaufort High:  Feb. 6, 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Beaufort Middle:  Jan. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Bluffton Elementary:  Feb. 13, 8-10 a.m.
  • Bluffton High:  Jan. 24, 6-7 p.m.
  • Bluffton Middle:  Jan. 29, 6-7 p.m.
  • Broad River Elementary:  Jan. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Coosa Elementary:  Jan. 18, tours available all day
  • H.E. McCracken Middle:  Feb. 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center:  Feb. 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and then a repeat on Feb. 9, 9-10 a.m.
  • Hilton Head Island Elementary:  Feb. 1, 5-5:45 p.m. (English), 6-6:45 p.m. (Spanish); Feb. 2, 8-8:45 a.m. (Spanish), 9-9:45 a.m. (English); Feb. 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Dual-Language).
  • Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts:  Feb. 1, 5-5:45 p.m. (Spanish), 6-6:45 p.m. (English); Feb. 2, 8-8:45 a.m. (English), 9-9:45 a.m. (Spanish)  
  • Hilton Head Island High:  Jan. 18, 7-8 p.m.
  • Hilton Head Island Middle:  Jan. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Lady’s Island Elementary:  Jan. 18, 6-7 p.m.
  • M.C. Riley Elementary:  Feb. 7, 9-11 a.m.
  • Mossy Oaks Elementary:  Jan. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • May River High:  Feb. 6, 6-7 p.m.
  • Okatie Elementary:  Jan. 22, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Port Royal Elementary:  Jan. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Red Cedar Elementary:  Jan. 23, 9-noon
  • Robert Smalls International Academy:  Feb. 22, 6-7 p.m.
  • Shanklin Elementary:  Jan. 26, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • St. Helena Elementary:  Jan. 31, 5:30-6 p.m.
  • Whale Branch Early College High:  Jan. 30, 5-6 p.m.
  • Whale Branch Elementary/Davis Early Learning Center:  Feb. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Beaufort County students who attend choice programs do not pay extra tuition, although families are responsible for their students’ transportation if they live outside of the school’s attendance zone.  All choice schools also serve children who live in their attendance zones, in addition to students from outside the zone who apply to attend.

School choice applications will be posted to the district’s website on Thursday, Feb. 1, and must be turned in by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 28.  Paper copies of the application will be available in school offices.

Moss said that all district schools will maintain a science, technology, engineering and mathematics focus, as well as a core that includes the arts, world languages and technology.